Rick Coe to receive Rotary “Service Above Self” award

Waterloo Rotary is proud to announce that Roderick “Rick” Coe is the 2018 recipient of its “Service Above Self“ Award.

“By generously giving of his time, talents and financial support, Rick exemplifies the Rotary motto, ‘Service Above Self,’” said Waterloo Rotary President Jane Shaffer.

The award will be presented at a dinner on Monday, November 5th at 6:30PM at the Quality Inn, Route 414. The public is invited. Tickets are $20. Advance Reservations may be made by contacting Stephanie Ross at [email protected], tel. 315-604-0728.

Rick Coe was born in Oneida, son of Richard Coe and the late Margaret Coe. He grew up in Camden, NY. and moved to Waterloo in 1979 after graduating from two degree programs for funeral directing. He is proud to be a graduate of Simmons School of Mortuary Science for funeral directing, a school founded by Charles A. Genung of Waterloo. During Charles Genung’s’ ownership and tenure the school was known as Genung School of Embalming.

After successful completion of the National Board Exam for Funeral Directing, Coe served his residency under the late John Genung. Coe successfully passed the state Law Exam for Funeral Directing and, at age 23, he purchased the S.J. Genung and Son Funeral Home on Main Street. Since owning the funeral home, he has served as preceptor for many practicum students and resident funeral directors, helping residents become fully licensed directors. He currently is a member of the state Funeral Directors Association and the national Funeral Directors Association.

But Coe was not finished pursuing his education. He returned to college part time to earn a Bachelors degree in Psychology from SUNY Oswego.

“This degree helped me in developing a Bereavement Aftercare Program, which I did in 1995, with the assistance of Judy Young of Waterloo and Jeanne Chirco of the Genesee Region Home Healthcare and Hospice,” Coe said. Together they started the Seneca County Bereavement Support Group.

“I have been blessed to be able to ask Deb and Jim Patsos to take the group on nights when my professional responsibilities take me in another direction,“ Coe said. “They have participated with the group from the very first night we gathered.”

Coe also works with Stepping Stones program, for adults, children and teens with bereavement issues. “To also be able to work with Stepping Stones Program for 20 years has exceeded my expectations for Aftercare Program development. I am grateful to be part of a great team of energetic and compassionate people.”

Recognizing a need for a local hospice care facility, Coe was one of the founders of Pathway Home of the Finger Lakes located on Route 414, Tyre. He has been a member of its Board of Directors since its inception and has served as President for the past five years.

A dedicated supporter of educational initiatives, Coe also is a life member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society for College Students through which he has financially supported students’ higher education. He is a former member of Waterloo Central School Dollars for Scholars. He served as a member of the Waterloo Library and Historical Society for many years as as co-chair of the Fundraising Committee.

He is a past member of United Way of Seneca County Board of Directors and a member of the American Heart Association, a member of its Seneca County Division Board, the Finger Lakes Region Board, and served as Finger Lakes Region Delegate to the State Affiliate AHA Board. Coe is the recipient of several awards from the Heart Association for his volunteer work.

Among his lengthy list of other volunteer activities, Coe has participated in the Seneca County Community Band, and participated in many choral groups in the Finger Lakes area. Coe attends the First Presbyterian Church of Waterloo where he is a member of the chancel choir and bell choir and a member of the Capital Campaign committee. Coe volunteered and directed Waterloo’s Real Christmas for a few years and has served Thanksgiving meals at the Elks Club for several years.

He currently is a member of the Seneca County Substance Abuse Coalition, Seneca County Suicide Coalition, and has served as Seneca County Coroner for 5 years.

“I am grateful that I have been able to realize several goals and pursue many interests while serving others through the funeral home, Aftercare Programs and organizations in Waterloo, Seneca County, the Finger Lakes Region and New York State,” Coe said.

“We are honored to present Rick with this well-deserved honor,” said Melissa Nesbit, chair of the club’s Service Above Self committee. “And we also are impressed that several other community members were nominated for the award. It proves that Waterloo is a very special community of people who work to make good things happen.”

Waterloo Rotary meets every Monday at 6:30PM at Quality Inn. New members are always welcome.

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